Parkland Art & Design Curriculum


Parkland College Art & Design faculty provides a strong foundation curriculum for students planning to transfer to a college or university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Many students take our classes to fulfill General Education requirements, or for personal enrichment.

Parkland Art students engage in creative exploration and critical thinking as they develop their work. The Parkland foundation program emphasizes Drawing, and Two- and Three-Dimensional Design. Design is an investigation of the visual organization present everywhere in our physical world, whereas drawing is a way of observing and interpreting the world around us.

Parkland's Catalog lists required courses, recommended course sequences and course descriptions. View catalog pages for:

Studio Art Classes

The studio art classes offered at Parkland allows students to explore different areas within art and develop verbal, technical, and aesthetics skills. Students experience the poetry, beauty and expressive potential of various media.

Classes include:

Art History and Art Appreciation

Art History and Art Appreciation provide students the opportunity to investigate the role art has played in human history by examining the context and meaning of art, architecture, and design.

Giertz Gallery

An additional resource is the Giertz Gallery, exposing students to current trends with its exhibitions by nationally and internationally known artists and visiting artists’ lectures.

Art & Design Program Culture

The culture in the art program among faculty and students is congenial and productive, with rigorous course work and attention to craftsmanship. Faculty are dedicated to one-on-one instruction, giving students a competitive edge when applying for admission and scholarships to colleges and universities.


Students should make an appointment with an academic advisor or consult with the Art and Design Program Director, Denise Seif, to explore their options. 

Students interested in transferring to a baccalaureate program should be aware that transfer admission will be competitive and generally requires a portfolio review for admission to the major. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a faculty advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.